Preston Tower
Preston Tower
A beautifully complete late 14th century pele tower. Preston Tower presents a vivid reminder of what life was like for those who dwelt in the battleground that was the border with Scotland. Visitors can ascend to the top of the tower for wonderful views, and see many of the original rooms. A later addition is a large clock, which was inserted in 1864.
There is a prison and guardroom on the ground floor, a bed chamber and living room on the first floor. On the second floor is the clock mechanism, and an exhibition on the Battle of Flodden. The walls are massively thick; as much as seven feet in some places.

The tower was constructed between 1392 and 1399, probably by some of the same masons who helped build nearby Warkworth Castle. Following the ascension of James VI to the throne of England in 1603 there was less need for defensive buildings in Northumberland, and part of the tower was pulled down and the stone used for other building projects. What remains is quite evocative, however; several rooms in the tower are furnished as they would have appeared in the 14th century. There are also displays telling the grim and often bloody tale of life in the turbulent border region.